Dr. Yi Zuo

Principal Investigator

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Decipher the dynamic neural circuit in the living brain

The ability to learn new skills and to adapt to an ever-changing environment is vital for the animal.  To understand the neural circuit basis of such abilities, as well as the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms, we combine live imaging, molecular genetics, opto- and chemo-genetics, and mouse behavioral analysis to study synapse plasticity under both physiological and pathological conditions.

My laboratory is in UCSC's Department. of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. The University also offers a wide range of shared facilities, as well as opportunities for exciting interdisciplinary collaborations. For more information about our research topics or how to become a member of our research team, please contact us.


Zuolab Retreat

Aug 5, 2022

Fun retreat @ BearValley

Photos shared via Google photo, check them out


May 26, 2022

Hyo Gun passed oral exam.

Congratulation Hyo Gun.


Apr 1, 2022

Stefan Abreo joint Zuo lab.

Welcome Stefan.

New Paper

Dec 22, 2021

Congratulation on Jay and Ju's PPE paper online

New Review

Oct 11, 2021

Congratulation on Kacper, Jacob and Ju's new review paper

New A&N Project

Sep 1, 2021

New project launched on Art and Neuroscience website

New Grant

Aug 9, 2021

Please check out the news story about our new grant in collaboration with Dr. Conboy's and Dr. Mourrain’'s groups


July 1, 2021

Karen starts PREP program; Marie and Jacob start Master Projects in the lab.

Welcome Karen, Marie and Jacob

New Paper

May 25, 2021

Congratulation on Ju and Michelle's paper online today.

New Review

May 19, 2021

Congratulation on Shaorong's review paper

New A&N Project

May 18, 2021

Launch Art and Neuroscience Project 4

Main Projects

Contact Us

Contact Zuo Lab to discuss published works, talk invitation, teaching, collaboration, and hiring opportunities.

1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Sinsheimer Labs, Rm 201